Project gets down on the farm to help families

A project which has received funding from the PCC is helping rebuild families by getting them to spend time together in the countryside.

Longmead Community Farm works with families who are in crisis, such as those whose children are at risk of being taken into care or not completing their schooling.

Families spend 24 hours on the farm, near Bere Regis, and work together on activities from mucking out stables and looking after animals to picking vegetables which they then use to make their own meals.

Martyn Underhill said: “We need to find innovative approaches to help people in crisis. The psychological benefits of spending time in the countryside are well known and Longmead does an excellent job of helping families tap into these benefits before more serious problems occur.”

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